Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach Mike Hussey seems to be in awe of Moeen Ali’s batting talent and he has confessed that he only realized the Englishman’s prowess when he joined the CSK squad in IPL 2021. Moeen had amassed 357 runs from 15 innings for CSK in the IPL last year, while also taking six wickets from 15 games with his off-spin bowling.
Because of his fine all-round performance which helped the team lift its fourth IPL title in 2021, Moeen Ali was retained by CSK alongside inspirational skipper, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
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While speaking about Moeen Ali’s batting on Star Sports, Mike Hussey said, “Moeen Ali, honestly, is an unbelievable player. I only watched him closely for the first time when he joined the CSK squad last season. So, I didn’t realize how good a player he actually is. He’s a beautiful batsman, a graceful player. Just the way he times the cricket ball is fantastic.”
Chennai Super Kings will be locking horns with Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their third match of IPL 2022 at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on Sunday. Both teams are heading into this encounter with defeats in their previous games.
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When asked why the CSK team doesn’t enter the panic mode despite defeats in back-to-back games, Mike Hussey said, “It’s been one of the traits of CSK over the years. Obviously, MS Dhoni who’s captained the team for a long time and Stephen Fleming, the coach, are very calm and collected characters all the time. The first couple of games didn’t go as per the plans but we are certainly not panicking as these are early stages.”